Posted 6 years ago
Recently acquired large embossed metal trunk with original interior. I purchased this at a yard sale a few months ago from a gentlemen that had a garage full of trunks and I do mean full, trunks were stacked 5 and 6 high in places. A trunk lovers dream. He use to restore trunks for sale, but he was at the point where he wanted to focus on other things so he was selling off his collection. It was great to see a lot of young people buying his trunks, he was giving them tips on how to restore them and they were excited to get started on the restoration. I saw a new generation of trunk lovers that were delighted with their finds. I purchased this one and my daughter took one home to work on, she now has the love of trunks. She has two in her apartment that I gave her and will be soon adding a third. This beauty is 26 inches at the tallest point and 32 inches wide. My plan is to clean up the wood and use tung oil to restore the slats, but unsure how to clean the embossed panels. For the most part the embossed metal is in great condition, there are a few small areas with rust but nothing major. Looking for advice on cleaning up the embossed metal and what if anything should I coat it with?